Paideia 450: Ethical Choices Course Proposal Form

Paideia 450: Ethical Choices—A team-taught, junior-senior course devoted to interdisciplinary study of an ethical issue that confronts us in our lives as learners and citizens. Paideia 450 courses must pay special attention to the nature of moral decision making and to the continued development of students’ writing skills.  Students must satisfy Paideia 450 in one of four ways:

a)   By enrolling in a single Paideia 450 course team-taught by faculty from two or more disciplines (departments)

b)   By co-enrolling in an interdisciplinary cluster of two paired courses specially designed by participating faculty

c)   By enrolling in a specially designed sequence of two courses taught by two different faculty members in the same academic year

d)   Through the completion of an interdisciplinary minor with a designed Paideia 450 component

from the Luther College Catalog

NOTE: The deadline for submitting new courses for review by the Paideia Governing Board is October 25, 2013.

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Proposed Course Title:*
Do you have approval from your department head? (signature will be required):*
Term to Be Offered (Sequenced Courses check two):
Proposed Course Catalog Description:
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Briefly explain how the course will meet the following goals of Paideia 450 courses:
INTENTIONAL INTERDISCIPLINARITY: Paideia 450 is an interdisciplinary course taught by two or more instructors from different divisions or departments. How will the course incorporate varied disciplinary perspectives and approaches to study?*
ETHICAL REFLECTION AND MORAL DECISION MAKING: In what ways is the course a study of ethical choices that face individuals and society? How will the course be designed to engage students in ethical challenges and help them learn to make educated choices?*
INTENSIVE WRITING: Generally, Paideia 450s require writing assignments totaling no less than 15 typed pages or the hand-written equivalent. Typically, this includes 3 to 4 response papers (3-5 pages each) and 1 or 2 longer argumentative papers (5-7 pages each). Some 450s satisfy the response papers with extended journal or blog entries. Students are given feedback about both their ideas and how to improve writing quality in subsequent papers.*
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